The Golden Rule

January 16, 2010

in no manual for parenting

I can’t remember exactly what started us discussing the Golden Rule at the dinner table. Probably had something to do with the constant bickering between the two of them.

“Remember the Golden Rule? What is the Golden Rule?” I wheedled.

“I know: it’s something like ‘Love thy neighbors’.” My oldest has the knack of answering any question with utter conviction without knowing anything about it. I hope he goes into law or politics so as to optimize this talent one day…

“I know: We were just talking about it in our class…” Mr. Monk said.

“I remember now,” my oldest said, and he did, sort of, “it is something like ‘Do unto others how you would like to be treated’.”

“No! You are wrong! That’s not how it’s said!” Mr. Monk protested.

Before this escalated into another heated argument over nothing, I clapped my hands, “Okay guys. The official phrase is ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. But you know what it means. I just want to say this: ‘When in doubt, evoke the Golden Rule.’ Okay?”

“Reinforce Moral Upbringing of Offspring.” Check.

An hour later…

The two boys were wrestling on the floor. As Mr. Monk was being overpowered by his older brother,

“What is the Golden Rule? *pant* What is the Golden Rule?! Ahhhh. *pant* Hrrrmmmph. REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE!!”

{ 6 comments }

secret agent woman January 17, 2010 at 6:37 am

“My oldest has the knack of answering any question with utter conviction without knowing anything about it.” He is clearly the twin of my oldest son, who speaks with authority on everything.
.-= secret agent woman´s last blog…Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. =-.

Absence Alternatives January 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

They should open a law practice together one day. LOL. Is your oldest the one that experimented with stovetop popcorn? I noticed that they have similar hair style even. LOL.

Jane January 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

I love the opportunity Mr. Monk chose to evoke said rule!
.-= Jane´s last blog…But Pee Is Sterile. Right? =-.

Absence Alternatives January 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

LOL. *sigh* You see how I tagged this post with “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”… Served me right. 😉

Unknown Mami January 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I had a comment on the post, but then I came and saw Lena Olin and lost my train of thought. Another time I came and saw an image from “Wings of Desire”.

Do you know how very much I like you?

Golden rule, rules.
.-= Unknown Mami´s last blog…Got Tungsten? =-.

Absence Alternatives January 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Seriously, m’lady? Do YOU know how much I love you for 1. getting Lena Olin, and then 2. for getting Wings of Desire. Then do you remember Milan Kundera? Well, that’s reason #3 to #99. :-)

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